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BOOK REVIEW: IGNORE ALIEN ORDERS: ON PAROLE WITH THE CLASH

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Tony Beesley/ Anthony Davie

(Days Like Tomorrow)

8/10

Fans of The Clash, look no further than this perspective account of their career and the band’s first anthology. ‘Ignore Alien Orders’ readdresses the life-changing influence the exceptional punk band had on fans worldwide. This 304-page hardback collection of Clash memories

pays homage to the Clash scrapbooks popular back in the late 1970s with added intellectual writing. Tony Beesley is a ‘60s baby boomer and fount of all subculture knowledge from mod to punk and beyond. His first published book was ‘Our Generation: the punk and mod children of Sheffield etc’ followed by 6 more. He’s honed his craft further with this insightful exploration of the Clash’s mark on music history. From personal meetings with band members, to a string of live concerts, and on to the feelings evoked by purchasing the band’s records, Beesley reinvigorates the tingly feeling you get when you’re buzzing about a band and just can’t get enough. Rare and unseen photos sit alongside memorabilia and posters keeping the spirit of the band alive. Get a signed copy from the author Tony Beesley at www.tonybeesleymodworld.co.uk. 10% of each book sale goes to Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital.

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